Women’s basketball picks up recruit from overseas

Sofija Zivaljevic

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Sofija Zivaljevic

Luke Manderfeld

The ISU women’s basketball team picked up a new recruit this week, point guard/shooting guard Sofija Zivaljevic from Montenegro, a source close to the team told the Iowa State Daily on Wednesday. 

Zivaljevic will sign in April, the source said, and will join the team for the 2016-17 season. 

“[Zivaljevic] plays with great composure, adept at running the team whilst also being able to take the game by the throat and score points,” wrote Dan Bowmaker, a scout for Blue Star Europe. “She has an impressive ability to get to the basket and is able to score points in the lane. [She’s] a very solid shooter, both from 3-point land and mid-range jumpers. Sofija will bring a maturity in her playing style that will impress in her freshman year.” 

Zivaljevic played on the Montenegro U20 basketball team as a 17 year old. She averaged 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in nine games in the 2015 European Championships.

Zivaljevic joins an ISU recruiting class that already has two players from Europe, Adriana Camber from Sweden and Aliyah Konate from Germany. The Cyclones also welcome Nia Washington, a McDonald’s All-American from Virginia, and senior transfer Heather Bowe from Vanderbilt.